The Fitness Benefits of Working Out with a Friend

From learning new moves to friendly competition, here's how a friend could boost your progress

You rely on your friends for everything—from dating advice to support during the toughest times—so when it comes to fitness, why are you going it alone?[slideshow:1307]

Maybe you enjoy an occasional long run by yourself or perhaps you like cycling solo, but that doesn’t mean there’s no room for friends in your routine. In fact, if you’re trying to make exercise a habit or you’re hoping to hit a specific goal, a friend could be a big help.

Friends provide a kind of motivation and competition that you just can’t get when you’re exercising alone. Workout partners keep you accountable by meeting you at the gym after a long day and they push you to work harder so you can match their effort. Having a fit friend helps keep you on track and that means reaching your goals quicker.

If you’ve always been a solo gym-goer, maybe it’s time to find a friend for your workouts. We’ve outlined the fitness benefits of working out with a friend and some of them just might surprise you.


You’re far more likely to actually workout when (1) you’re forced to schedule it ahead of time and (2) cancelling means inconveniencing a friend. Making concrete plans with a friend means you’ll be far less likely to cancel in favor of the couch and after a few weeks of working out together your routine will be second nature.


In addition to keeping you accountable, friends can provide an extra boost of motivation when it gets tough. Everyone has those days when they just don’t feel like going to the gym and those times when they want to call it quits, friends can offer encouragement to keep you going. Just be sure to return the favor.

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